Over 60% of urban Indian women do not follow a regular exercise regime, putting them at increased risk of diabetes, show results of a new survey.
Released on World Diabetes Day on 14 November, the survey conducted by diabetes care company Novo Nordisk India also showed that 73% of urban women in the country are unaware of gestational diabetes and its related health risks for the next generation.
For the survey conducted in partnership with market research firm Kantar IMRB, over 1,000 women, belonging to the age group of 18-65 years were interviewed to draw insights into the level of awareness of risk in diabetes. The survey was conducted across 14 cities in the country -- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Indore, Guwahati, Kochi and Vijaywada.
The findings showed that 78% of women interviewed were aware of diabetes as a serious health concern and more than 70% of women believed that a healthy lifestyle will help prevent diabetes and its associated complications.
"While it is encouraging to note that 78% of the respondents were aware about diabetes and its complications, it is alarming to note that women are not taking concrete actions to address this challenge," Melvin D'souza, Managing Director, Novo Nordisk India, said in a statement.
With 72.9 million people currently living with diabetes, India is known as the world capital for the disease. According to an estimate, the diabetic population in India is expected to grow up to 134.3 million by 2045.
A separate six-city survey conducted on women showed that most women had not tested for diabetes and they were irregular in eating. Many also said they hardly exercised.
The survey involving 1,200 women respondents from Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Ahmedabad was conducted by pharmaceutical company USV, which manufactures oral anti-diabetes drugs
The findings indicated that though women were the key decision makers on eating habits, consulting doctors, and other things related to the family’s health, they tended to neglect themselves.
46% said balanced eating habits were important in controlling diabetes. 45% of women said they skipped meals at least once a week or more. 27% of women believed that sugar regulation was the only requirement for controlling diabetes and 53.8% said they were unaware about the factors essential for controlling diabetes.